Title: Black Gold 2: Double Black
Author: Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid
Cover Artist: P.L. Nunn
Publisher: Loose Id
Buy Link: Publisher, Amazon
Length: long novel
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Andrea
Review Summary: A major improvement over the previous book.
Since they settled in L.A. to run their label three years ago, Jett’s restless nature and Goldie’s isolating fame have damaged their former closeness. Passion brings Jett home every night, but tabloid rumors and growing distance between them leave Goldie afraid of losing Jett forever. While Goldie secretly longs for a wedding, a baby, and more control in the bedroom, Jett pines for his old life in New York.
When Cole, a young man who claims to be Jett’s son, arrives at their mansion, Goldie hopes this is his chance for a family…but Cole has a star crush on Goldie and nothing but anger toward his alleged father. Jett’s jealousy of Goldie’s growing bond with the hot 18-year-old could lead to disaster.
There’s no doubt that Goldie and Jett love each other, but sometimes love isn’t enough. Will Goldie find the courage to confess his needs, or will what’s left unspoken destroy what might have been?
I have an affinity for rocker romances. I’ve mentioned it before, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that I wanted to read this series. In order to do a fair review of this book, I needed to quickly read both books.
When I say I like rocker romances, I’m talking about metal, punk and alternative types of rockers. One of the MCs in Double Black is Jett. He’s everything I’m drawn to. He’s an aging punk, and he is very anti-establishment. Jett loves his music and isn’t in the industry for fame and fortune. Goldie is so completely opposite. I would describe Goldie as more of a glam rock type. He is all about putting on a great show, producing high quality music, and keeping up his appearance. His success is a testament to his talent for doing all of that very well. I got Jett, his personality and actions worked for me. Goldie on the other hand was a complete mystery for me. He’s a little bit shy, has what I would call a fragile androgynous beauty, and is a very tactile person. I liked him, but I had trouble understanding him.
Jett and Goldie’s differences are a big part of what draws them together, but they are also what drive a wedge between them. At the start of this book, they are going through a rocky patch in their relationship. When Cole shows up at their gate, claiming to be Jett’s son, Goldie sees a younger version of Jett in him. With a mixture of loneliness and compassion, Goldie latches onto Cole and draws him into their lives. Jett isn’t won over as quickly. He sees Cole as a threat to their relationship and just another thing pulling Goldie away from him. In order for them to stay together, they have to reconnect and be honest with each other about what they really need from one another.
I enjoyed the addition of Cole. Jett and Goldie are sometimes too fantastic to be believable. Cole grounded them and made them more human. While I appreciated the stabilizing presence Cole brought, I still thought Jett’s and Goldie’s reactions to him were strange. I could understand why Goldie latched onto him, but for it to happen so quickly was odd. The sudden turnaround from Jett also happened too quickly for me. It was like insta-love for a long lost child, and I’m always suspicious of insta-love. They went from strangers to father and son in a matter of days. I didn’t buy that part, but it wasn’t a huge problem. Jett and Goldie never felt like real people for me, so an unrealistic reaction to a son wasn’t go to throw me too much.
A huge selling point for me were the sex scenes. I was not a fan of the sex scenes in the previous book. They kept having these long intense conversations in the middle of sex, and I frequently forgot they were supposed to having sex. Luckily, that annoying habit of theirs was missing in this book. The emotional connection they needed happened more through their actions rather than their words, and that was a huge improvement for me. I loved that Goldie finally found his voice and asserted himself. I felt like he finally stopped hiding and we got to see the real man.
Double Black is a very good continuation on their story, and for me it was a huge improvement over the first book. I really enjoyed it.